Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: A Perfect Dilemma by Zoe Dawson

A Perfect Secret Series, #3
New Adult Contemporary Romance and Mystery
Released September 2014

About the book:

The one secret she can't stand to keep is the one she can't afford to tell.

The perfect little rich girl, River Pearl Sutton has always done what her family expected of her. She’d become the perfect little beauty queen, the perfect child model and now her global success locks her into a life she never really chose.

Coming home for the summer to prepare for the Founder’s Day Festival, a celebration of her lauded ancestor, she is tasked by her father to write a speech to be delivered at the end of the party.

Returning to Hope Parish brings her back into close proximity with sweet-talking, skirt-chasing Braxton Outlaw, the boy who always seemed immune to her charms in high school. But now he looks at her with those challenging blue eyes, both intimidating and seductive at the same time. Using research of her family lineage and his as way to get close to this bad boy, they fall into a hot, torrid affair.She stumbles across a terrible secret that could bring to ruin not only her reputation, but the reputation and standing of her family. But when her infatuation with Brax grows into something that she can’t live without, she must decide what to do. Keep the secret and lose Brax or destroy her family and lose them.

It’s an awful, heartrending perfect dilemma.  

My Thoughts:
I’ve enjoyed the Perfect Secret Series by Zoe Dawson.  Those gorgeous Outlaw Brothers and their angsty romances have captured my heart.  I’ve been eager to get my hands on the last Outlaw Brother’s story, Braxton and River Pearl’s romance.  They’ve had some interactions in the previous books that made me curious about what was going on with them. Definitely some magnetism and drama! 

River Pearl Sutton is like the Princess of Suttontowne being a direct descendant of the town’s founder and daughter to its wealthy family.  As a beauty queen and a successful model, River Pearl seems to have the world at her feet, but looks can be deceiving.  She didn’t choose her career or decide to enter in beauty pageants. That was all her mother’s desires and River finds it very unfulfilling.  What’s worse is that the only man who has truly captured her interest wants nothing to do with her.  Braxton Outlaw rebuffs every one of her attempts at flirting and yet she knows he attracted.  They always end up fighting or with River Pearl in tears. 

River Pearl resolves to get to the bottom of Brax’s refusals, her last summer home, by including him in her research for the Founder’s Day speech she must write. The Outlaws and Sutton’s have a shared history. The Outlaws have a shameful one that has caused pain and ridicule for the Outlaw family whereas the Sutton’s come off as heroes.  During River Pearl’s research she finds all may not be as it seems and her family may have a much darker role in events that led to the Outlaws fall.

Brax Outlaw is a “skirt-chaser, sweet-talker, heartbreaker”.  He has hookups but no relationships because he’d never subject a woman to pain his mother went through being an Outlaw in Suttontowne.  He’s had a mad crush on River Pearl for ages, not that he’d ever let her know.  She’s the shinning Princess of Suttontowne and he has no intention of tarnishing her crown. But when River Pearl pushes and pushes this final summer, he can’t help his weakening resolve. 

Like I said in the outset, I’ve been a fan of this series.  These sweet talking Southern boys had me swooning from the start.  I enjoyed this installment and it did have some of the things I liked about the first books: the sassy dialogue, steamy chemistry, and some suspense and danger.  However, I had some issues as well.  The inner reservations and musings from Brax (mostly Brax, but also from River Pearl) were repetitive and frustrating.  I think this installment would’ve benefited by a little more editing.  Also, Brax’s reason for keeping River Pearl at arm’s length didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

In spite of my issues I was smiling by the conclusion and happy with how things turned out for the Outlaw family; even if one mystery was a sad revelation for their mother and the boys. 

3 Suns

The Perfect Secret Series: 
(click on cover for Goodreads link)

A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret  Series, #1) A Perfect Mistake (A Perfect Secret Series, #2) A Perfect Dilemma (A Perfect Secret Series, #3)

About the Author:

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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